By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer 

The 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach is  back where it belongs. Due to issues with COVID-19 the race was pushed back  from its normal early spring  start to the  September 24-26. This year it returns to its April-8, 9,10 weekend. 

The event is more than a street race. It an all-out family and friends events. It can be claimed as the world’s biggest block party as some 200,000 people will jam the streets of Long Beach. 

There are exciting Robbie Gordon’s jumping SUPER Trucks will be in the house. The best Formula one race carts will be flying through the streets. 

Away from the track will be popular Lifestyle Expo and Family Fun Zone that combines family-friendly activities with a show featuring the latest in home, automotive and personal products. There is also a Food Truck Experience with food trucks from all over So CAL. The Mothers Exotic Car Paddock (Sunday only) and driver autograph sessions. 

On Saturday night at approx. 6 p.m. on the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Terrace Plaza (in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center), Grand Prix fans will see all-star rock band Royal Machines – with special guests – presented by Acura and ASM Global. 

IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud, from Montmorillon, France, makes the turn onto Seaside Way from Pine Avenue during the final practice session at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Long Beach, Calif. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP)